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Xeros came up with an innovative nearly waterless washing machine system that uses stain-sucking plastic beads to reduce the amount of water needed per load of wash to just one cup. That translates to enormous savings not only financially but also environmentally. A regular washing machine uses up to 55 gallons of water per load and needs to use a substantial amount of electricity in order to heat the water.

The nylon polymer beads act like a magnet for stains. They were created with polymer chains that separate slightly in the presence of humidity, allowing stains to be absorbed and locked into their core.